Thursday, February 16, 2012

Twists & Turns

I love to ride roller coasters—especially new ones that I’ve never ridden. To me, the biggest thrill of the experience comes when I don’t know what lies ahead. While many people clamor for the front seats so they can enjoy the spectacular views, many times I prefer to be further back so that every twist and turn is unexpected. I love the sensation of having my body flipped and tossed around with no idea what's going to happen next.

I know that, for many people, that sounds like a horrific experience. There's nothing enjoyable about being terrified. But, when I have complete confidence that the ride is safe, the unexpected brings excitement, rather than fear.

Life with Jesus can be the same way. God is always doing new and unexpected things. This year seems to be starting with a host of new experiences for us here at South Mountain Christian Camp.

Some of you may know that, last Fall, we installed a new 18-hole disc golf course here at the Camp. Well, this year we will be hosting our first disc golf tournament for church youth groups. We expect a relatively small turnout this first year, but we anticipate hosting more and more tournaments with larger groups in years to come.

In addition to this, we are rebuilding our SEEDS programs for 3rd-5th grade students. These programs will now include both life science (plants, animals, ecosystems, etc) and physical science (matter, energy, motion, etc.) in a one-day school field trip. We believe these changes with make SEEDS even more beneficial to the education of children in our community.

We’ve also got new things transpiring with our fundraising efforts. We are working with our local Zaxby’s restaurant to hold fundraising events there once a month (Feb. 21, March 13, April 17) to raise funds for Summer Camp scholarships. On these nights, ten percent or the sales between 5 and 8 pm will be donated to the scholarship fund.

We will also be hosting our first South Mountain 5k Trail Run on November 3rd this year. The folks at Rutherford Outdoor Coalition have agreed to include us in their Rutherford Race Series, and a good friend of the Camp, Amber Jones, has agreed to take the initiative in organizing the race. We hope that this will turn into an annual event that has the potential to be a very successful fundraiser for the ministry.

So, for us, 2012 is getting off to a fresh, new start. While our mission here remains the same, God is bringing about new ways and new opportunities to accomplish that mission. We appreciate having your support, and we enter 2012 with excitement, rather than fear, for what God has in store for us.

No matter what unexpected twists and turns we face this year, we have confidence that God is in control. I hope you find the same to be true in your own life.

Steve